SAN ANTONIO, Sept. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio celebrated the Grand Opening and Dedication of its latest Smart Transit Hub on Saturday, September 14. The new 4300 square foot Brooks Transit Center opened for service on August 26 with new Prímo and Express routes that expand convenient, high-frequency service to one of the fastest-growing communities in the South Texas region. The Prímo 102 is part of VIA's ongoing investment in more frequent and reliable service and the Better Bus System envisioned in its VIA Reimagined Plan.
"The rapid and dynamic growth happening at Brooks is driving growth in our region, and VIA is proud to be a part of that," VIA President/CEO Jeffrey C. Arndt said. "The new VIA Brooks Transit Center will provide convenient smart transit options and comfortable amenities for riders in the area, and the connections it provides to local bus routes, Express Service, and the new Prímo on Military Drive will promote even more development at Brooks."
The VIA Brooks Transit Center is part of the on-going evolution of the Brooks area, a former U.S. Air Force Base with over a century of history to its name, including pioneering space exploration discoveries and a visit from President John F. Kennedy. In 2017, the name was officially changed to Brooks to align with the identity as an up-and-coming community with a vision as big as Texas and a milestone for VIA's Reimagined transit system.
"Transportation is a priority for us as we continue to attract new businesses and residents to the area," said Leo Gomez, Brooks President/CEO. "The new VIA Brooks Transit Center establishes a transportation hub for the Southside, improving connectivity to and from our campus for all of our San Antonio community."
Prímo 102 connects the VIA Kel-Lac Transit Center along Military Drive to the new VIA Brooks Transit Center, a Smart Transit Hub with real-time, next-bus information, digital planning kiosks, ticket vending machines, free Wi-Fi, a full-service information center, free parking, electric-car charging stations, solar panels, environmentally-friendly landscaping, phone-charging ports, an IKE Smart City kiosk, public art, and much more.
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SOURCE VIA Metropolitan Transit